Normally I don't usually get into raw wood projects. I'm much more of a cutesy diy project kinda girl. But I know that my fiance loves this type of look and it's really not bad at all. More masculine for my taste, but still, not bad at all.
The project is easy to reproduce, as you will see. It comes from A Beautiful Mess, online.
-(9) 55x2x4 inch boards
-(12) 8.5x2x4 inch boards
-(2) 13.5x2x4 inch boards
-(2) bench style hairpin legs, or 4 wooden legs (I used these)
-2.5 inch wood screws (I bought a box of 50 and used about half)
-Polycrylic protective finish in semi gloss
-paint brush for stain
-saw horses (optional)
First cut your 2x4 boards to the sizes listed above. Set the boards up as they will be for the final look, and mark where the legs will go to ensure space.
NOTE: If you wanted to remove power tools from the equation altogether, simply get all your wood cut to 55 inches and use wood glue to hold the whole thing together.
Second, lay out the top layer of boards (consisting of five of the 55x2x4 boards). Keep in mind that this will be the top of your coffee table, so pick the prettiest sides.
The only kind of tricky part to this table is finding the best method to hold the boards together horizontally. Use a couple cross beams and hide them with the second row of 2x4s. So lay out your second row of 55x2x4s on either edge (be sure to stagger 2.5 inches). Grab your 13.5x2x4s and use them as a guide to figure out where you'll need to put the notches. Go ahead and lay out your smaller 8.5x2x4s on the vertical edges for that row as well just to make sure they fit.
Mark the edges on your second row of 55x2x4s, so you know where to cut, and give yourself some extra room. This part will be totally hidden anyway. Once cut, drill your second row and crossbeams into place.
Next, layer by layer, screw all the boards in place. This is where you can add a staggered, stair step look to the edge if you want. Once you have all the boards in place, screw the legs on as well.
Last you'll want to sand the entire surface and edges well. 2x4s aren't always the smoothest. Then seal with a few layers of semi-gloss polyurethane.
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